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RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles returns to Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on March 26

RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles returns to Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on March 26
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From a press release:

From Times Square to Public Square, another Broadway show is coming to Wilkes-Barre.

It was announced today that internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles will return to the F.M. Kirby Center on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets, which are $39, $49, $59, and $79, plus fees, go on sale this Thursday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased through the Kirby Center box office (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A Kirby Member pre-sale begins Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m.

Widely considered “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles” (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience.

In addition to the updated sets that include brand new LED, high-definition screens and multimedia content, new songs have also been included with the launch of the 2016 tour.

Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture, and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics (“I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” “Hey Jude,” and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love and a little help from your friends.

This one-night-only performance joins a group of other Broadway performances already announced and on sale as part of the Kirby Center’s 2016-2017 Broadway lineup:

Mamma Mia!

“Mamma Mia!,” the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, brings its farewell tour to the Kirby Center on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 at 8 p.m. “Mamma Mia!” combines ABBA’s greatest hits with an enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship. More than 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story, and the music that make this the ultimate feel-good show. Tickets are $49.50, $59.50, and $69.50, plus fees.

Elvis Lives

On Stage Touring, LLC, in association with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., will present “Elvis Lives” for the first time in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. “Elvis Lives” is an unforgettable multimedia and live musical journey across Elvis’ life, featuring winners from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ annual worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, each representing Elvis during different stages in his career. Tickets are $29.50, $39.50, and $49.50, plus fees.


The U.S. National Tour of “Annie,” now in its second smash year, will play the Kirby Center on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, this production of “Annie” is a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award-winning original. The beloved score for includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and the eternal anthem of optimism “Tomorrow.” Tickets are $45, $55, and $65, plus fees.


Stomp, the international percussion sensation, visits the Kirby Center for two performances on Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16, 2017, both at 7:30 p.m. From its beginnings as a street performance in the U.K., Stomp has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people. Don’t miss the tour that the New York Times says is “as crisp and exuberant as if it had opened yesterday.” Tickets are $35, $45, and $55, plus fees.

42nd Street

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic “42nd Street” will bring a sparkling new production to the Kirby Center on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. “42nd Street” is the song and dance fable of Broadway, with an American dream story and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “We’re in the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and, of course, “42nd Street.” Tickets are $45, $55, and $65, plus fees.